Western Costa del Sol Commonwealth announces water refunds

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WESTERN Costa del Sol residents are due to get some money back as refunds of improvements levies on water bills have been announced.
Mancomunidad de Municipios (commonwealth of municipalities) leader Margarita del Cid has said that the management committee has agreed to pay back €9.8 million charged in improvement levies since the Junta de Andalucia regional government refuses to allow Acosol water company to spend the money.
The levy on water bills for Costa del Sol residents was due to be charged until December 2015 following orders from the regional government, Del Cid declared, saying that although the Junta knew how much was charged each year and what it was used for, “it never said a word until Acosol revealed an ambitious investment plan.”
The head of the commonwealth complained that when the current board took over, it found a €29 million ‘hole’ which she blamed on bad management of the investment fees.
“The Junta didn’t do anything about that, yet now it tells us we’ve charged too much and forbids us from spending the money on improvements,” Del Cid declared.
“If the Andalucian government thinks it has made too much money from this surcharge, we will not hold onto citizens’ money a minute longer,” the commonwealth head stated, explaining that after authorisation from the Junta the money, which Acosol holds in a separate account, will be paid directly back to bill payers, who will each receive a refund of 7.4 cents per cubic metre.
Regardless of the Junta’s refusal to allow Acosol to use these funds, Del Cid promised that improvement work already announced would still be carried out and paid for by Acosol.


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